William James and the Search for Scientific Proof of Life After DeathDownloadable Audiobook - 2008
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This is an account of the clash between spiritualism and science in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In particular it focuses on a leading American philosopher and Harvard professor of psychology William James, and his unshakable belief that another world lay in store for the soul after the death of the physical body. Blum uses William James (brother of the author Henry James) as a figurehead for the the rise in spiritualism in America and Britain throughout the 19th century, as well as the formation of the SPR (the Society of Psychical Research) ,whose members committed themselves to proving life after death through the unique skills of the medium Leonora Piper, among others. Though somewhat dry at times, it is equally spooky and humorous to warrant picking it up. This book is certain to please those in search of a good history of American and British psychology between 1850 and 1925.
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